Quick Site Update for 9/25

My usual nightly post will be delayed by a few hours this evening, due to family commitments.  I have the delight to participate in that annual event known as a Parent/Teacher Conference, where I will also meet the new Principal and have to put up with the horrific Parent Teacher Organization’s self-centered and rather annoying leaders.  You know, the future Vice Presidents of the United States.

Readers may expect a new post between 11 PM-12 AM EST (-5GMT) later on today.  See you then.

Some Site Info

I mention in my brief biography to the right that I’m a freelance writer (FREE being the operative word).  Well, I owe my friend some music reviews I promised for his website, so I’m going to spend today stepping away from politics, and diving headfirst into the world of Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal.  I think I need a break too; my kids are starting to think this guy hunched over the Mac is some stranger.  I’m hoping to get a new post up after 8pm Eastern tomorrow, Saturday September 20.

Which brings me to my next point: I’m kind of new to this blogging thing, and I just figured out that WordPress operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), so a new day for a blog begins somewhere around 8pm Eastern Standard Time (GMT-4 due to Eastern Daylight Savings Time) in the USA (which is where I’m located).  In order to keep my site statistics in line with that, just so I can get an accurate picture of traffic without any overlap between days, all new posts (unless noted) will appear after 8 PM EST, as close to that time as possible.  So please be on the look-out for new posts (the ones that I have planned by featuring their title the day before) at that time.

You may have noticed I’ve been commenting as we roll along, and that’s just what I’ll continue to do.  Longer and more thoughtful replies I’ll kind of put in a “mailbag” post every two weeks or so (And yes, I plan on calling it “Fan Mail From Some Flounder”, LOL).  If you want to comment by e-mail (without having to be in print), the e-mail is ark3blog@me.com.

Regarding comments: I don’t care how many you make…make a ton of them.  Just please keep them on topic and please, no outlandish conspiracy theories from the tin foil hat club.  While I can believe just about anything these days, there are some things that are just too WAY out there for me.  I’ve been looking at over some blogs (just to get some ideas on maybe how to run things) and moderation in the comments might not be a bad idea as it keeps things on topic.  We’ll see.  Right now, things will remain unmoderated until the tin-foil hat local chapter shows up.

Once we get this blog “re-set” together and I finish those music reviews, things will be back to normal…well, abnormal.

NEXT POST WILL BE ON SATURDAY 9/20/08 AFTER 8PM EASTERN DAYLIGHT STANDARD TIME.  THIS MEANS IT WILL SHOW UP AS POSTED ON SUNDAY, 9/21/08.

Thanks for your patience.

Peace,

Ark

And So It Begins…

If anyone is a fan of Babylon 5, you’ve pretty much guessed that I am as well, based on the title of this entry and the title of this Blog.  I need to get that out of the way for two reasons, first (and foremost) to acknowledge the fantastic work of J. Michael Straczynski the creator and writer of the series, as well as countless other television programs and graphic media.  It is quite simply one of the most influential and landmark Science-Fiction shows ever done for television.  It had a profound influence on me, not only as a writer but as an inhabitant of this small world we inhabit and my place in it and in the grand scheme of things.

Second, and most important: one of the major philosophies of the show was about Mankind’s ascendance beyond our fragile world and into the void of space; about how we, as a species, have the potential for greatness within us…if only we can acknowledge our Humanity by getting past…well, our Humanity!  It is also about choices, consequences and responsibility; how you make a choice, the consequences of that choice on your life and those around you, and taking and accepting responsibility for your actions.  It seems so simple on one level, and yet in today’s very complex world, all of our choices have a much more profound impact than they have ever had at any time in our history.  A simple decision you make today can impact the future of your children and the world tomorrow.

Basically, all of the choices we make in our lives boil down to the Past, Present, and Future all interacting at the same time, crossing pths simultaneously…intersections in real time.  This Blog will most certainly be about Politics a lot of the time, as I am a Political junkie, and I have been for as long as I recall.  It will also be about observations on current events and the Human condition.  It will be about where we have been, are at, and where we are going as a species.

As you can imagine, this will not be a Blog filled with graphs and statistics.  It will definitely be a Commentary from Yours Truly about everything I just mentioned and then some.  As a Stay At Home Dad, I also have a plethora of tales to tell from the Homefront as well.  I hope it will be informative and engaging as well as entertaining.  If I get you to laugh or cry or walk away thinking about something, then I’ve done my job.  My Comments Section is unmoderated, so please feel free to say what’s on your mind about the topic; just try and keep it civilized and somewhat family friendly.  I may originally be from Brooklyn and can pretty much handle anything, but some of the other readers might be sensitive to certain things, so keep that in mind when replying.

I look forward to our adventures together.

And so it begins…